Kirbycolors This article is about the Copy Ability. For other uses, see UFO (disambiguation).
Fly around while using various energy attacks!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll

UFO (or U.F.O.) is one of Kirby's Copy Abilities. It allows him to pilot a flying saucer. The ability first appeared in Kirby's Adventure.

General Information

UFO is a powerful ability that offers permanent levitation and four different attacks. The type of attack UFO Kirby does is based on how long the player holds down B. The longer it's pressed, the stronger the attack will be. Kirby is capable of moving around while charging, but cannot change the direction he is facing. UFO's main limitation is that Kirby cannot go back down through floors while having the ability, even with ladders.

UFO is very difficult to obtain. When it is found, either the UFO or the Copy Essence are generally in well-hidden areas. Kirby can only get it in four stages in Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, and for 10 short seconds in Kirby's Dream Course. The ability is lost when entering the overworld area, or the Central Circle* in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. This behavior was changed in Kirby: Squeak Squad, where it could be taken to any other stage, but more often than not, Kirby has to forfeit the ability because he cannot proceed any further because of UFO's interaction with ladders and floors.

In Kirby's Dream Course, the ability grants a (relatively) very high degree of control over Kirby's movement, but with a 10-second limitation after it is activated. Unlike other abilities in the game, it cannot be re-activated even if Kirby does not capture another ability. After it is activated, UFO Kirby will fly forward briskly in a straight line without changing his altitude. During this time, his path can be altered at 90-degree angles by pressing left or right on the D-pad. If he touches the ground, he will hug the terrain to follow any slopes upwards. When the timer runs out, if UFO Kirby touches a bumper, or if the B button is pressed to end the ability early, UFO Kirby will "land" by descending to the ground in a straight line. If the player can reach the hole in time, this can be used to drop Kirby straight into it easily.

In Kirby: Squeak Squad, should the player attempt to drag a bubble item from the Copy Palette up to Kirby's mouth while in UFO form, Kirby will comically flip upside-down and drop to the ground head-first, and cannot move as long as the bubble is within his mouth until he exhales it or re-swallows it. This will also happen with Ghost Kirby, but instead he will inflate and drop onto the ground. Trying to do this over a bottomless pit spells an instant KO.

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, UFO can be accessed by using the Kirby amiibo from the Kirby amiibo series or by completing the game 100%. The ability acts much like it does in Kirby: Squeak Squad, even retaining the Trajectory Orb, though it now has a new move that allows Kirby to beam up enemies with a tractor beam. This move can be compared to a similar move Kirby performs while in Saucer form in Kirby's Epic Yarn. UFO Kirby can also now pass through soft platforms and ladders, but loses the ability to guard.

It is also one of the few abilities that may be used in the water (except in Kirby's Dream Course), along with Sword, Parasol, Hammer, Master, Spear, Bell, and Staff. However, it's the only ability to retain its entire moveset when used underwater, unlike the other aforementioned abilities where only certain underwater variations of their attacks are usable.

Move Set 

Move Controls Description Element Damage
Chain Beam B/A UFO Kirby's basic feature. It is identical to Beam's signature attack, although Kirby can move freely through the attack. Electricity 8 per hit
Smart Beam Hold B/A (Low hold) Kirby fires a ricocheting laser beam. It is identical to Laser's attack. None (but can light cannon fuses
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Heat Beam Hold B/A (Medium hold) Kirby calls upon the power of his spaceship to strengthen his laser. It slightly stronger than his first laser attack, about equal in power to an inhaled and ejected enemy. However, this Laser cannot ricochet off walls (except in Kirby: Squeak Squad). None (can light cannon fuses
Piercing Heat Beam Hold B/A (Long hold) When Kirby conjures up enough power, he unleashes an electrifying energy beam. It is the strongest of his laser attacks. It also goes through walls. In Kirby's Adventure, the blast is in the shape of a star. None (can light cannon fuses
Heat Cannon
Hold B (Very long hold) Kirby uses most of the ship's power to fire three beams in front and one beam behind him. The large beam is a larger Piercing Heat Beam, while the three smaller ones are that of the Heat Beam. None (can light fuses, send electrical current) 65 (main projectile), 40 (diagonal projectiles) 34 (backward Piercing Heat Beam)
Unidentified Flight
Dash + Hold B Kirby disappears and reappears many times in a zig-zag shape forward. None 17 (1st hit), 7 (2nd hit), 17 (3rd hit)
Mystery Catch
A Kirby creates a tractor beam, sucking in any enemy that can normally be inhaled while normal, similar to that of his Saucer transformation in Kirby's Epic Yarn. None N/A
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Star Guard
None/B repeatedly (
Requires UFO Copy Scroll in Kirby: Squeak Squad. A small ball of electricity orbits the UFO, and causes minor damage to anything it comes into contact with. Electricity 15

Flavor texts

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Hold down the B Button to charge, and then let go! You can attack four different ways!
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Wow! I'm so lucky I copied a UFO! I can do four different moves. It all depends on how long you hold B!
Unidentified flying object detected! You are very lucky to have managed to copy this ability!

In Other Languages

As "UFO" is an acronym for "unidentified flying object," its name and meaning varies across different languages. Its Japanese name is ユーフォー (Yūfō), meaning UFO, but is pronounced as one word rather than as an acronym. Its German name is similar, being UFO (standing for unbekanntes Flugobjekt, meaning "unkown flying object"). However, its Spanish name is O.V.N.I (standing for objeto volador no identificado, meaning "unidentified flying object"), and likewise, its French name is OVNI (standing for objet volant non identifié, meaning "unidentified flying object"). Its Italian name, UFO, is unchanged from English. Its Chinese name is UFO, also unchanged from English.


  • Kirby's UFO is affected by Spray Paint, much like the Magic ability's hat. More specifically, the hull is the color that would be Kirby's shoes and the rest is the color that would be Kirby's body despite it being shown gold in the official artwork.
  • In most games, although it says the player needs to hold B to charge up attacks, the same results happen whenever the player holds A and release it.
  • In Kirby's Adventure, UFO Kirby was not affected by water. This changed in subsequent games and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, where water slows him down. However in Kirby: Planet Robobot, UFO is still capable of "dashing" underwater.
  • If Kirby is using his UFO ability while calling for assistance in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, the Cell Phone will be replaced by a communication dish.
  • In Kirby: Canvas Curse, UFO Kirby is drawn in Paint Panic.
  • In Kirby's Adventure and its remake, UFO can be copied on the first level; Kirby has to find a hidden room to find a UFO flying down, and he can inhale it for the UFO Ability.
  • In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, when Kirby reaches "1" in the goal game, a Kirby in a UFO will fly over and give him a 1UP.
  • In Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, in Butter Building, Stage 2, if Kirby inhales both of the Rockys that drop down and the player doesn't choose the random ability, the resulting ability will be UFO.
    • This trick or simply eating UFO means Kirby can assume this form in every level in the game except for Rainbow Resort.
  • In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and Kirby: Planet Robobot, the UFO ability is the only normal Copy Ability not to have a Copy Essence. For the former, this is because it was not allowed to be taken out of the level it was obtained in, similarly to Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land. In the latter, its lack of a Copy Essence seems to be a carryover from previous games, up to the ability's presence in the game's Ability Testing Room being the actual UFO enemy if the respective game file has 100% completion.
  • UFO in Kirby: Planet Robobot is the second ability in the series which must be unlocked by clearing a certain condition in-game (without the use of amiibo), with the first being Ghost in Kirby: Squeak Squad.
  • In the overworld of Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby walks as he does normally even when he has the UFO ability; the only way to tell he has it is by his golden hat.
    • Similarly, when Kirby gets on a Teleporter, a 3D Warp Star, travels through a tube, enters a door, or enters a cutscene while having the ability, he loses the vehicle for a short period.
    • This also happens during the Goal Game.
  • In Kirby: Squeak Squad, if a bubble item is sent to UFO Kirby's mouth (e.g.: a Star Bubble), he will inflate and drop on the ground and remain motionless until the item is either swallowed or discarded; this happens with the Ghost ability as well.
  • In the 25th Anniversary Poll that ran on the Official Kirby Website, UFO was unveiled on November 6, 2017 to have been the fourth place winner.[1]
  • This is one of the few abilities to change the appearance of Kirby's hands. Others include Ghost, where Kirby's hands become ghost-like, Animal, where his hands have claws, Burning, where his hands catch flame, and ESP, where his hands hold psychic energy.

    The protagonist of Part Time UFO

  • The main character of Part Time UFO, an iOS/Android game developed by HAL Laboratory under the HAL Egg brand, bears a strong resemblance to UFO Kirby. He most closely resembles the ability's original appearance in Kirby's Adventure, except with an added antenna.




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